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Gov. Walker spends over $320k from campaign on lawyers in Doe investigations

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Governor Scott Walker's campaign donors paid over $320,000 to defense lawyers in the first half of the year, as Walker fought off a second John Doe probe.

A state report filed Monday showed that the Republican Walker gave $213,000 from his campaign account to the Chicago law firm of Sidley Austin, $83,000 to the Biskupic and Jacobs law firm of Mequon, and $25,000 to Milwaukee attorney Michael Steinle.

The governor has spent more than $1 million in the past three years on a pair of John Doe investigations -- one dealing with embezzlement and illegal campaigning by former aides during his time as Milwaukee County executive -- and the other dealing with alleged illegal coordination of his and other Republican recall campaigns with outside conservative groups.

Prosecutors said the governor himself was not a target in either investigation.

Earlier, it was reported that Walker raised more than twice as much campaign money as his major Democratic challenger Mary Burke in the first six months of the year. Walker also had three times as much cash on hand as Burke as of July 1st.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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